The Anaheim Ducks opened a four-game homestand with a poor performance, and know they can't afford too many more such efforts.
They will try to bounce back when they attempt to hand the lowly Columbus Blue Jackets a seventh straight loss Friday night.
Anaheim (19-24-7) is in 13th place in the Western Conference and remains well out of playoff position despite a 9-2-1 surge. The Ducks' worst effort in this stretch possibly came Wednesday, when they lost 6-2 to a Dallas team ahead of them in the standings.
"When you raise your own bar by the standards ... that I thought our team had set, we weren't anywhere near as good as we should be," coach Bruce Boudreau said. "We had a lot of shots, but we didn't have a lot of second shots. We lost battles, and when you lose 1-on-1 battles, you lose games.''
Center Ryan Getzlaf failed to record a point for the third straight game, but he took an opposing viewpoint.
"We didn't play that awful," Getzlaf said. "We made a few mistakes, and they ...